triv·​ia | \ ˈtri-vē-ə How to pronounce trivia (audio) \

Definition of trivia

: unimportant matters : trivial facts or details also singular in construction : a quizzing game involving obscure facts

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The modern world comes with a lot of awfulness, but some of the trivia really is a trip. Megan Geuss, Ars Technica, "Review: The June oven made me want a camera in every cooking device," 22 Dec. 2018 If that bears out, the meeting at Kensington Wine Rooms will be a footnote in history, some trivia about a high-profile investigation that turned out empty. Richard Ruelas, azcentral, "Visiting the London wine bar that popped the cork on the Trump investigation," 22 June 2018 Andy Cohen The star created a special Alexa Skill blueprint in order to quiz his dad on trivia about his son. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "Celebrities celebrate Father's Day 2018 on social media," 18 June 2018 The Game is an HQ-style trivia contest available this summer that aims to raise awareness for the midterm elections in November while giving players the chance to win prizes. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, "Turner programming reveal: Tiffany Haddish still won't say who bit Beyonce," 16 May 2018 They are wrapped in bright colors, and girls read out the trivia printed on their hygiene stickers from behind the stall doors. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Walking Through the Past Into New Motherhood," 10 Apr. 2018 Jeopardy! host Alex Trebek was at a loss for words after contestants on the wildly popular game show had more than a little trouble with football trivia. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Alex Trebek Is Fed Up With These 'Jeopardy!' Contestants' Super Bowl Knowledge," 2 Feb. 2018 Dive down the rabbit hole of carrots, their history, composition, cultivation, recipes, record-holding carrots, and carrot trivia here. Robin Tribble, Popular Mechanics, "How to Grow a Giant Pumpkin," 24 Jan. 2019 At some Whole Foods, Eater noted in its explication of the phenomenon, internal tap rooms host trivia nights. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "With a superbarket, shopping isn’t a chore; it’s an experience.," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of trivia

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trivia

New Latin, back-formation from Latin trivialis

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The first known use of trivia was in 1920

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English Language Learners Definition of trivia

: unimportant facts or details
: facts about people, events, etc., that are not well-known


noun plural
triv·​ia | \ ˈtri-vē-ə How to pronounce trivia (audio) \

Kids Definition of trivia

: interesting facts that are not well-known
Hint: Trivia can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking.

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